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interviewed nra's president david keene. >>> it is one week since the newtown, connecticut, school shooting which changed the gun control debate. short time ago americans paused to honor the 20 children and 6 women who were killed in that massacre. bell toll [ bell tolling ] church bells rang 26 times as newtown officials and residents stood with connecticut governor dan malloy. churches also rang their bells in washington and other cities. on thursday services were held for six of the people killed inside sandy hook elementary school. there was also a funeral in new hampshire for nancy lanza, the mother and first victim of gunman adam lanza. seth doane is in newtown where more funerals for the victims will be held this morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie and good morning to our viewers in the west. across the country, governors and mayors have called for a special day of mourning and a moment of silence to mark one week since this tragedy. >> it sucks. there's no reason for us to be here tonight. >> reporter: expressions of disbelief and grief echo
and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered compared to past years of double-digit growth this year online holiday sales rose only about 8% compared to nearly 16% last year. lack of consumer confidence means this shopping season could be the weakest since the recession in 2008 when sales actually shrank. >> consumers need to have more confidence. right now it's more of an uncertain way for the first half of 2013 so i think everyone has thought going into the y
. they are colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york and tennessee. it's unclear whether school days will be will be added to the calendar. educators say the goal is to make u.s. students more competitive. w > "the new york times" follows an on the homeless man in this photo we showed you last week. himhows a police officer giving him a pair >>> all right, nora, finally catching a break if the stormy weather. from you heading out the door, it's a little chilly in spots. but still, we've lot of sunshine coming our way. and well, couple of clouds outside as we look live out there toward the pleasanton area. we are going to see a lot of sunshine this afternoon. the temperatures expected to be in the mid-60s in the warmest spots in toward san jose. about 64 in livermore and 64 in san francisco. breezy at the coast but should remain dry. next couple of days the rain returns tomorrow late in the day tomorrow. >>> t onal weather report sponsored by bp. >>> could there actually be life on mars? a big announcement expected later today from nasa has caused quite a stir. >> it's one for the his
and connecticut were the hardest hit. they're also home to some of the biggest names in music. >> i was here during the storm. it was scary. >> to witness my city and the tri-state area really going through something where nobody could control it. >> this was just complete and entire buildings washed away into the sea. >> reporter: 121212, the concert for sandy relief at madison square garden is being called one of the biggest music events of all time. >> we called bruce springsteen and paul mccartney and they said yes immediately. >> reporter: the last time producers managed to bring this many big names together, it was after 9/11. ♪ i've seen the lights go out on broadway ♪ >> reporter: 121212 has already raise third degree $2 million in sponsorship before a single note has been played. >> rolling stone, who, kanye west alicia keys eric clapton, and other surprise guests. it's the greatest concert of all time. >> reporter: 121212 will be broadcast to an estimated 200 million homes in 190 countries worldwide via tv and radio streaming. >> i don't think there's e
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